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GP Week : Issue 43
>>F1BAHRAIN Toyota: Podium not enough TOYOTA F1 drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock have admitted they are disappointed with their results in the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite Trulli taking a podium and Glock finishing in the points. The duo, on lighter fuel than their rivals in final qualifying, had managed to lock out the front row of the grid – a first for Toyota – on Saturday, but in the race struggled on their middle stint on the harder prime tyre. “I’m a little disappointed to be honest because I thought we had a chance to take Toyota’s first win this weekend,” said Trulli after finishing third. “But it was a hard race. We went for a very long second stint on the hard tyres. It was really hard fighting with the other cars and eventually Sebastian [Vettel] took [second] position after my last stop. After that he was on the hard tyres and I was on the soft. I was pushing him because I was quicker but there was no way to overtake. Still, I have to thank the engineers and mechanics because they did a very good job and it’s good to be on the podium again.” Glock had led the opening part of the race, but after switching from the option to prime tyres struggled for grip. “When I went out on the prime tyres I don’t know how many seconds I lost on the first two laps because I was really struggling for grip. I couldn’t get any heat into the tyres and I really lost the race in the second stint. I was sliding around and it was clear that the speed was better on the options. In the end I was chasing Kimi but there was no chance to overtake. Still, two points are better than none and we will now look for more in Spain.” It is perhaps a reflection of just how far Toyota has come over the winter that a podium and points should come as a disappointment for the team. But many within the paddock now feel the team’s first win is only weeks away. Button in the hot seat – literally ... BACKMARKERS, and a hot backside, were Jenson Button’s primary problems in the best of his three victories so far in 2009. But it was a searing first lap which set up the opportunity to run down the front row Toyotas: “I’d say it’s the finest first lap of my career for sure,”Jenson reported. “I got a poor start, I did a practice start coming out of the pits and I was struggling with clutch slip,. “Off the line I had exactly the same thing, so it was very lucky that I didn’t lose more places. “At Turn 1 I had to make a move to get past Sebastian, as they were obviously stopping later than us, and it would have made the race very difficult. “I was able to get around the outside and then the chance came up of getting past Lewis. “The first lap was what made the race really.” “The biggest problem for me was backmarkers,” he added. “I’m sorry if my radio was played live because I might have said a few words that weren’t good for TV, but the traffic was terrible out there.” The general heat, and heat from a badly placed electronic box, which may have overheated, made life uncomfortable as the race went on: “My feet were warm and I burnt the top of my left buttock on a box. There’s an electrical box just near the seat ... it’s a little bit burnt,” he said of the Button buttock ... 29